BGSU to 'Top Off' Stroh Center

BOWLING GREEN, O.­ — Bowling Green State University will celebrate a milestone in the construction of the Stroh Center, its $36 million convocation center, with a traditional topping off ceremony on Monday, May 3 at 5:30 p.m. Major donors — including Kerm Stroh — will join BGSU President Carol Cartwright, Director of Athletics Greg Christopher, construction workers and students to see the last structural steel beam placed at the top of the building.

The Stroh Center will be a state-of-the-art venue for concerts, commencement, lectures, and numerous campus and community events. In addition, the center will serve as the home for the Falcon men’s and women’s basketball and volleyball programs beginning in 2011. Notably, the new structure will be one of the most environmentally friendly buildings on campus, designed to achieve challenging Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification.

After attendees have signed the last beam, it will be hoisted into place along with a small evergreen tree, the U.S. flag and BGSU standard. The traditional ceremony can be traced back to an ancient Scandinavian practice, modified by Americans to add the flag’s patriotic dimension.

What:              Stroh Center Topping Off Ceremony

Where:            Stroh Center site along Wooster Avenue near I-75 in Bowling Green

When:             Monday, May 3, 2010
                         5:30 p.m.

Available:       Lead donor Kerm Stroh and other major donors, BGSU President Carol Cartwright, Athletic Director Greg Christopher, design and construction managers


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(Posted April 30, 2010 )